Britain’s colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition | The Independent
The British government paid out £20m to compensate some 3,000 families that owned slaves for the loss of their “property” when slave-ownership was abolished in Britain’s colonies in 1833. This figure represented a staggering 40 per cent of the Treasury’s annual spending budget and, in today’s terms, calculated as wage values, equates to around £16.5bn.
The above revelation stands in stark contrast to the portrayals of the end of British participation in slavery on PBS’ series about Queen Victoria. I don’t expect that the YouTube link below will last long before being blocked, what I do hope will last long is new skepticism over PBS’ docudrama content.